Sydney is a beautiful city and has a lot to offer! The shopping is great and you’ll be able to find pretty much anything you’re looking for somewhere in Sydney, whether that be in the Westfield buildings in the CBD or in Bondi Junction, or the beautiful cobblestone laneways in the Rocks. Saying that, some of the shops can be a little pricey so if you want to pick up some bargains make sure you check out these Sydney markets:
The Rocks Markets
More of an ‘upmarket’ market the Rocks markets offer one-off jewellery, original artworks and hand made designer clothing (made by the stall owners themselves!) It has a relaxed atmosphere where you can wander through the lanes and browse through all of the stalls at your own pace and is well worth a visit if you’re looking for a chilled afternoon in the sun close to the many bars and restaurants in the Rocks and Sydney’s Circular Quay! The markets are open every weekend (Saturday & Sunday.) If you’re a food lover check out the Rocks Friday foodie market every Friday in the same location!
Sydney Fish market
Visit a fish market you say?! Sydney fish market is the 3rd biggest fish market in the world in terms of variety and is well worth a visit whilst in Sydney. If you’re not a big fan of seafood, it’s still pretty cool to check out all of the different varieties of fish including shark, eel, tuna and oysters. If you’re a fan, grab a seafood platter find a seat outside in the sun (whilst trying to bat the seagulls away!) Catch a demonstration or even better; book yourself on to a cooking class to create your own fishy dish! Sydney fish market is open every day from 7am apart from Christmas day.
Bondi is not only home to one of the world’s most famous beaches and the beautiful lifeguards of Bondi rescue but also to an awesome little Sydney market! Pick up original designer clothing, exotic imports, hand made jewellery, arts, crafts, homewares, retro furniture, vintage clothes and in true Bondi style..a little something for your pooch! Located right on the beachfront, make sure you check out Bondi markets before your beach session! The markets are open every Sunday from 10am-4pm. For food, also check out the farmers markets in the same location on Saturdays!
Paddy’s markets in the centre of Sydney’s China town district are the biggest in Sydney. There’s a food market where you can pick up fresh Asian groceries and a larger underground market area where you can pick up almost anything! Stalls are laden with trinkets and Australian souvenirs, fashion, CD’s, gifts and gadgets. Even if you’re not looking to buy, check out the markets for the experience and try not to get lost- it’s pretty big! Paddy’s markets are open Wednesday to Sundays from 10am-6pm.
Sydney’s 3rd Oldest market (established in 1977) is not to be missed! Located on Balmain’s highstreet in the courtyard of St Andrew’s church, the Balmain markets are small but well worth a visit! Find art, furniture, handicrafts and jewellery here along with fashion and vintage collectibles. Check it out every Saturday (weather permitting) from 8.30am- 4pm.
Check out Paddington markets located near Sydney’s famous Oxford Street to pick up fashion accessories, textiles, records, jewellery and Aussie made goods. It’s also home to a big collection of health and beauty products and some great homewares. Not looking to shop? Wonder around the food stalls and pick up some Turkish and Himalayan cuisine, chocolate and breads. The markets are open every Saturday from 10am to 4pm.